California and the West. Is there a region of the country as mythologized, as memorialized, or as misunderstood? Alta is a quarterly journal for anyone seeking an insider’s take on this most forward-thinking region. Arts and culture, technology and the environment, food and fashion: what happens here happens everywhere. Each large-format issue (California demands a wide lens) demystifies the region with compelling storytelling from the state’s best writers, photographers, and illustrators. Founded by William R. Hearst III, Alta offers an exciting—and much-needed—literary perspective where the conversation between writer and reader is as diverse and vibrant as the place itself. 

Please become familiar with our publication before submitting your work. We hope you'll consider becoming a member to receive the Alta journal. Issues are available on newsstands or from our online store. You may also visit our site: altaonline.com.

Alta is a writer’s magazine, providing an exciting new home for compelling voices. Our commitment to celebrating the literature of California and the West extends to publishing original short stories distinguished by lively writing that conveys a strong sense of place and narratives that move us. We prefer stories that are 2,500 words or less. We read all submissions within 30 days and will contact you if we’re interested in publishing your work. Due to the high volume of correspondence we receive, we regret that we’re unable to reply to each submission. If you do not receive a reply from us within 30 days, please assume that we will not be able to publish your story.

Please become familiar with our publication before submitting your work. We hope you'll consider becoming a member to receive the Alta journal. Issues are available on newsstands or from our online store. You may also visit our site: altaonline.com.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Alta. We look forward to reading your fiction.

Alta’s commitment to celebrating the literature of California and the West includes publishing original poetry that conveys a strong sense of place and emotion. We prefer poems that are 30 lines or less. Please submit no more than four poems in a single file. We read all poetry submissions within 30 days and will contact you if we’re interested in publishing your work. Due to the high volume of correspondence we receive, we regret that we’re unable to reply to each submission. If you do not receive a reply from us within 30 days, please assume that we will not be able to publish your poems. 

Please become familiar with our publication before submitting your work. We hope you'll consider becoming a member to receive the Alta journal. Issues are available on newsstands or from our online store. You may also visit our site: altaonline.com.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Alta. We look forward to reading your poems.

Your Year in Review

Did you take a photo that wraps up 2020 in one image? Alta wants to see it!

Some of the most iconic photographs of the past century—Ansel Adams’s face of Half Dome, say, or Dorothea Lange’s face of a migrant mother—were taken in California. A photographer can tell an entire story in one image. For this issue, we asked some of our favorite photographers in the West to share their favorite work from last year. Did you snap a shot in the West that wraps up 2020 in one image? We have a feeling you did, since last year was quite a doozy. If so, submit your photograph to altaonline.com/photocontest and your work may be featured on our website, altaonline.com—and you may even win a brand-new iPhone 12 Pro Max. Let’s see the West through your lens!

THE PRIZE

• Picture this: We will showcase a select group of entries at altaonline.com. The winner, chosen by an Alta panel, will receive an iPhone 12 Pro Max.

THE BASICS

• Hit this deadline: Submit your photograph by February 1.

• Meet the requirements: Each photograph must be original, previously unpublished, and taken in the West in 2020.

• Tell your story: Please give a brief description of the photo, when and where it was taken, and why it represents 2020 to you.

• Learn more: Visit altaonline.com/photocontest for the complete rules and details on how to enter. 

Please become familiar with our publication before submitting your work. We hope you'll consider becoming a member to receive the Alta journal. Issues are available on newsstands or from our online store. You may also visit our site: altaonline.com.

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